[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bethel 3-23-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an official system of street names and numbers in the Town of Bethel, Sullivan County, New York, as shown on a map entitled "Enhanced 9-1-1 Atlas No. 801, Assessment Series" prepared by MicroDATA of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Editor's Note: Said map is on file in the Town offices.
No new street shall be accepted by the Town until such street shall be identified and designated by name. If new streets are extensions of existing streets, the names of such streets shall be attached to such extensions. If such new street is not an extension of an existing street, then the name by which the new street is designated shall not be identical to, nor bear any similarity to, nor conflict with the name of any existing street as shown on the map, or on any amendment or modification thereof.
Names for new streets and streets that are unnamed at the time of the adoption of this chapter shall be assigned. Changes of existing street names must be approved by the Code Enforcement Officer.
The Code Enforcement Officer may change the name of any street when necessary to avoid confusion.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall cooperate with the code enforcement officers of adjoining towns to ensure that every street within a United States Postal Service ZIP Code area has a unique name.
New street numbers shall be assigned by the Code Enforcement Officer in accordance with the following conventions:
Numbering shall begin at the eastern or southern end of a street, except that where a street dead-ends, connects with a larger traffic artery or clearly begins where emergency responders are most likely to enter the street, the numbering may begin at a point most likely to facilitate responses to emergencies.
Every 50 feet from the beginning of a street, a new address number shall be assigned on each side of the street, with odd numbers on the left and even numbers on the right.
The Code Enforcement Officer may assign new numbers where necessary to avoid duplication or confusion.
The principal building on every parcel of land shall bear the number assigned to the street frontage on which the entrance is located. In case a principal building is occupied by more than one business or family dwelling, the entrance to each separate use of such principal building shall bear a separate number.
Numerals indicating the official numbers for each principal building or each separate entrance shall be posted in a manner so as to be visible from the street on which the property is located. Whenever any building is situated more than 50 feet from the street line, the official number shall be affixed to a gate, fence, tree, post or other appropriate place so as to be easily visible from the street line, and so as to show clearly, if not otherwise evident, which is the driveway for the property. The numbers shall be not less than four inches nor more than six inches in height and shall be made of a durable material clearly visible during both daytime and nighttime hours.
The owner of every building existing at the time of the adoption of this chapter and already having a street number shall place official numerals on such building within 30 days after such adoption. The owner of every new or previously unnumbered building and of every building to which a new number has been assigned shall place official numerals on such building within 30 days after being notified of the assignment of a number. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued for any new building until the owner has complied with this provision.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall enforce this chapter. Presentment in the local Justice Court shall be made by the Town Attorney.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is committed, a separate and distinct offense.